In continuation of the theme of superzoom cameras, I was once more asked for a recommendation about which compact camera to buy.
For a while, I've been saying "buy the Canon compact you can afford, but make sure it has Image Stabilization for low-light hand-held shooting". And I'm still saying that. Those Canons has amazing image quality for the size and price. (We may now be at the point where all current models have stabilization, I'm not sure.)
A friend got snarled up in the many choices between zoom lengths and megapixels. My advice per 2010 is: stick to 10 megapixels and 3x zoom. More than that is pressing the limits of what compact cameras do well, due to the small sensors and lenses. But at 10MP and 3x zoom, you can have a tiny camera which still will cover most situations and can have excellent image quality.